Union to stage protest outside Brighton hospital over nursing pay cut

Union to stage protest outside Brighton hospital over nursing pay cut

Union to stage protest outside Brighton hospital over nursing pay cut

First published in News by , Health reporter

Angry NHS workers are staging a demonstration in protest against cuts in pay.

The GMB has criticised Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust's decision to reduce the amount of money it pays to its team of nursing bank staff.

The move, which could save up to £1.5 million a year, will affect hundreds of workers.

The GMB said cutting the salaries of workers towards the bottom end of the pay scale will increase the “massive inequality” between the highest and lowest paid workers at the trust.


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It warned that staff morale was also being affected.

Bank staff provide cover for vacancies, sickness and special leave such as maternity and there are around 2,200 on the books.

Most are already employed by the trust, using bank shifts as overtime to earn extra money.

However more than 500, including nurses and healthcare assistants, only work bank shifts and do not get sick or holiday pay.

The cut means a Band 2 healthcare assistant currently paid £11.26 an hour for a 12- hour weekday shift will be paid £7.89 an hour instead.

The trust said its current pay rate for bank staff was higher than average and meant lower banded bank-only staff were being paid more than full time workers at a higher level to them.

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The GMB is staging the demonstration outside the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton at 11am on March 3, the day the new system is due to start.

Regional organiser Gary Palmer said the demo would highlight its concerns about reducing earnings for lower paid staff.

He said: “It is also to point out these cuts come at a time when trust employees have effectively already really had to suffer from pay cuts year on year, due to pay freezes or awards that were below the rate of inflation.”

A trust spokesman said it was working to ensure its bank rates were fairer to all staff.

He said: “Our bank rates were higher than most hospitals in England and were in many circumstances unfair.

“For example, a bank healthcare assistant was being paid more than a band 5 trained nurse and a band 3 bank nurse was being paid more than a band 3 substantive nurse for exactly the same shift on the same ward. “ He said up to 100 bank staff were already being offered permanent jobs in the NHS.

The trust is aiming to make £20 million of savings this year to keep it on financial track.

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9:57am Sat 22 Feb 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

I believe the Tory 'reorganisation' (privatisation) of the NHS is ideologically driven lunacy. Bloody-minded, private-pocket lining, moronic, and wasteful - all the key components politicians applied when selling public assets off to their old school chums.
It does, I suppose, allow our glorious leaders to deal with the pension scam crisis. Massively increased costs with a dramatic drop in life expectancy seems precisely what the American-style private healthcare model delivers to it's people, in my opinion - more of the same for the UK. Chronic financial liabilities (known as elderly patients to most people) can look forward to more 'death on a trolley' scenarios until school-leavers can take over key care roles (with the requisite NVQs in 'I'll help you die at home whether you're really ill or not')?

I think readers can soon expect more 'doctor bashing' media stories as they're being replaced with poorly qualified, easily-disposable, staff with open-learning diplomas in advanced hand-holding techniques and accidental-involunta
ry-euthanasia certificates.
For a better picture of the future - I envisage the nightmare of dental care in the UK being extended to medical and surgical specialties...with insurance claim-lines being the first call you have to make, to find out what you can afford before seeing an NHS crystal-healer.
Additional cash-payments towards the actual costs of treatment soon. This margin will be nudged up until 'private insurance' can be sold as a 'no brainer'. 30 years later the UK will be trying to bring-in Obama care.
I believe the Tory 'reorganisation' (privatisation) of the NHS is ideologically driven lunacy. Bloody-minded, private-pocket lining, moronic, and wasteful - all the key components politicians applied when selling public assets off to their old school chums. It does, I suppose, allow our glorious leaders to deal with the pension scam crisis. Massively increased costs with a dramatic drop in life expectancy seems precisely what the American-style private healthcare model delivers to it's people, in my opinion - more of the same for the UK. Chronic financial liabilities (known as elderly patients to most people) can look forward to more 'death on a trolley' scenarios until school-leavers can take over key care roles (with the requisite NVQs in 'I'll help you die at home whether you're really ill or not')? I think readers can soon expect more 'doctor bashing' media stories as they're being replaced with poorly qualified, easily-disposable, staff with open-learning diplomas in advanced hand-holding techniques and accidental-involunta ry-euthanasia certificates. For a better picture of the future - I envisage the nightmare of dental care in the UK being extended to medical and surgical specialties...with insurance claim-lines being the first call you have to make, to find out what you can afford before seeing an NHS crystal-healer. Additional cash-payments towards the actual costs of treatment soon. This margin will be nudged up until 'private insurance' can be sold as a 'no brainer'. 30 years later the UK will be trying to bring-in Obama care. From beer to uncertainty
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10:43am Sat 22 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

Lets face it the NHS is NOT safe in CAMERONs hands,he is quietly privatising it hoping we don't notice to its too late.Basically our NHS is now a health service for the world,our population has massively increased but public services are being cut or lost.If people that have not paid into the system were made to have medical insurance before entering the country just like we get when we go abroad then our own people can be looked after and nurses given a fair wage they deserve.Doctors covering in A&E get thousands per shift according to a report I recently read.Under this government the middle classes down are being forced to pay for the cuts caused by the CORRUPT top.Has anyone else noticed that Southlands hospital is quietly getting closed down,inpatients have gone,lots of outpatients moved to Worthing or just clinics simply stopped.I had a sleep ECG there and no heating was on as its the only dept left in that part of the hospital.RSCH is always full when just a couple of miles away Southlands lies empty but its a different county so its not considered and before long a perfectly good hospital will probably be knocked down.
Lets face it the NHS is NOT safe in CAMERONs hands,he is quietly privatising it hoping we don't notice to its too late.Basically our NHS is now a health service for the world,our population has massively increased but public services are being cut or lost.If people that have not paid into the system were made to have medical insurance before entering the country just like we get when we go abroad then our own people can be looked after and nurses given a fair wage they deserve.Doctors covering in A&E get thousands per shift according to a report I recently read.Under this government the middle classes down are being forced to pay for the cuts caused by the CORRUPT top.Has anyone else noticed that Southlands hospital is quietly getting closed down,inpatients have gone,lots of outpatients moved to Worthing or just clinics simply stopped.I had a sleep ECG there and no heating was on as its the only dept left in that part of the hospital.RSCH is always full when just a couple of miles away Southlands lies empty but its a different county so its not considered and before long a perfectly good hospital will probably be knocked down. clubrob6
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